Latest posts by KT53

Paving over grass

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 08:13

Laying paving directly onto grass, without any firm base, isn't going to work in the medium to long term.  After heavy rain the ground will soften and any uneven areas will become more apparent and that will get worse with every season.

It's gonna rain!

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 21:11

Malvern Spring Show coming up this weekend.  Rain therefore just about certain.

Neighbours conifers

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 20:47

To the best of my knowledge there is no specific 'right to light' in the garden.

I have found this which might be of use once the hedge grows.


Neighbours conifers

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 16:06

If the conifers grow beyond the boundary of your garden you will be within your rights to cut them back.  If you are saying your neighbours have actually planted them on the  boundary line you would be within your rights to tell them to move them and replant them in their own garden.


Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:45
hogweed says:

Where do you hide the gubbins for the pump and filter system?

See original post

 Irrespective of size of the pond, it shouldn't need a filter if it is stocked at the right level and has a good balance of plants too.  The only ponds which should need a filter are those for koi because there is next to no chance of getting decent plant growth.

Many moons ago I working in the water garden section of a garden centre.  Pond filters hadn't even been invented then but ponds and fish still flourished.

Penalties for being Disabled.

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:42
Mike Allen says:

  She gad been awarded her benefits plus her high rate mobility for LIFE.  Obviously she wasn't alone.  So the government scrap the system.


See original post

 I might be wrong, but I believe DLA award could be made 'indefinitely' rather than 'for life'.  The underlying problem with DLA was that, so many assessments were made purely on the basis of the information completed on the form, some realised that they could cheat the system, and others who had a genuine disability at the start of the claim didn't report improvements.

As a result, the cost of benefits soared and something had to be done to get them back under control.  What has certainly happened it that the pendulum has swung too far the other way in some instances and those with genuine problems are being caught up in it.  There is an appeal process and that is the route people need to take if they believe they are being wrongly assessed.

Just on example of the 'lead swingers'.  I worked for DWP, in a building where health assessments were done.  I had just left the office at lunchtime when I was passed by a guy carrying a pair of crutches - carrying, not using.  I watched him as he neared the corner where he would be visible from the office.  He stopped walking and started to use the crutches and shuffled the rest of the way to his assessment.  It's a********* like that who create problems for all.


Posted: 06/05/2017 at 21:06

There is very little likelihood of a pond overflowing as there will be some evaporation even in cold weather.  If it does look too high it's much easier just to use a bucket to remove a few gallons.

Drilling holes in fibreglass isn't recommended unless you know exactly what you are doing.

Peony refuses to flower

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 20:51

It's probably too late to make any difference to flowering this year, so I would be inclined to either leave it until autumn to lift, or leave it altogether in the hope that it will do the same as mine has and start to flower eventually.

Penalties for being Disabled.

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 20:49
AWB says:

the problem is that the assessors work on the principle, cut the benfit, let them appeal.

again to my certain knowledge the assessors will put things in their report that are not true and that have not been said, although when challenged will back down.

See original post

 The first statement is simply untrue.  The HCP's who do the assessment work to a defined set of criteria, and 'score' the assessment accordingly.  That is true of the vast majority, although I do not dispute that a few do not work as they are supposed to. 

There is some truth to the second statement, although again those who do that are a small minority.  I have actually seen a completed assessment form where the doctor (it was a doctor in this instance) contradicted himself several times in the paperwork.  In that instance the DM did what they are supposed to do - made the decision to put the claimant into one of the qualifying groups.

The Ken Loach film does use instances where the system has gone badly wrong, and those errors should not have happened.  That doesn't change the fact that it was a very slanted film, by a film maker with a political agenda.  What many people forget, or choose to forget, is that ESA was introduced by a Labour government.

Penalties for being Disabled.

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 13:20

Can you give more detail of what you mean?  Re-assessment on which benefits?

Discussions started by KT53

Mycorrihizal fungi

is it effective? 
Replies: 1    Views: 128
Last Post: 29/08/2017 at 11:06

GW 18th August

Lacking detail 
Replies: 0    Views: 200
Last Post: 19/08/2017 at 18:05

Slugs / snails and Hostas

Copper tape 
Replies: 4    Views: 316
Last Post: 29/05/2017 at 09:30

Malvern Spring Festival

...who's been 
Replies: 8    Views: 591
Last Post: 23/05/2017 at 07:52

Sums up my weekend

Replies: 13    Views: 603
Last Post: 19/04/2017 at 22:07

Just need to vent...

...so ******* angry 
Replies: 42    Views: 2087
Last Post: 27/03/2017 at 13:39

Has Trump completely lost the plot?

Replies: 16    Views: 757
Last Post: 16/02/2017 at 19:53

New Year Honours

Replies: 7    Views: 531
Last Post: 01/01/2017 at 16:34

Garden vac / blower

Cheap & cheerful, but does the job 
Replies: 0    Views: 495
Last Post: 25/11/2016 at 13:13

Yes, Prime Minister

Deja vu, all over again. 
Replies: 18    Views: 736
Last Post: 19/10/2016 at 15:06

Snake bark maple

Replies: 2    Views: 277
Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 16:27

Poor cropping

Replies: 2    Views: 379
Last Post: 25/08/2016 at 08:53

Pruning buddleia davidii

Replies: 5    Views: 1559
Last Post: 24/08/2016 at 18:14


BBC coverage 
Replies: 314    Views: 15239
Last Post: 30/08/2016 at 14:56

I nearly choked on my cornflakes

(not gardening related) 
Replies: 15    Views: 884
Last Post: 13/08/2016 at 17:39
1 to 15 of 68 threads